Posts by Andy Bratton

Posts by Andy Bratton

Louisville Slugger Bat

Baseball For Believers

Last fall I was able to attend a conference in southern Indiana for preachers.  There were only nine of us.  I have shared bits of the story on stage and probably in an Enews article in previous months.  As part of the trip, they usually take the group to the Louisville Slugger Museum in downtown Louisville, KY.  However, because of riots and protests taking place at the time, the museum was not open for visitors.  Hearing from other guys that How COVID has affected us
E-News Article - Kalkaska Church of Christ

Light It Up

Driving into my neighborhood recently I noticed that some of my neighbors still have their Christmas lights up and some of them still turn them on at night even though we are now into March.  I chalk it up to the fact that there is snow on the ground and getting to the decorations is probably challenging.  It doesn’t bother me.  It’s just an observation. I bring it up because of a story I read online.  It’s a story of How COVID has affected us
E-News Article - Kalkaska Church of Christ

Tough Messages

Difficult messages are difficult to deliver.  Whether you have to call someone to give them news you are sure will disappoint them or you have to call someone to tell them you were hurt by words they said or if you have to meet with someone to tell them they were just outright wrong in the information they shared.  Difficult messages are difficult to deliver. From a minister’s standpoint, difficult messages become difficult to deliver when you think some may How COVID has affected us
E-News Article - Kalkaska Church of Christ

Dream Big

If there was one thing I could erase about our nation’s history it would be the slave years.  It is hard to believe that once upon a time there were people in our world that looked at another person’s skin and considered that person to be something other than human.  Once the Emancipation Proclamation was passed, you would have thought that things would change.  Not overnight, but you thought gradually race relations would improve.  However, definitely into the ’60s and How COVID has affected us
E-News Article - Kalkaska Church of Christ

What really Matters?

Well, what goals do you have for 2021?  If you were going to narrow down your list to three things you wanted to do differently or to be different once 2021 was over, how would your list read?  Weight loss, more books read, finish a degree, stronger marriage, more time with family, a vacation? Not to cast judgment or to make anyone feel guilty, but do you think Paul had New Year’s resolutions?  On the Morning Dive, we have been How COVID has affected us
E-News Article - Kalkaska Church of Christ

Unspeakable Joy

 So what are the things that overshadow the true meaning of Christmas for you?  As a kid, I am sure the gifts under the tree started to overshadow Jesus at times.  The rush of getting things purchased and wrapped and making Christmas plans and writing Christmas letters, all at times seem to overshadow the joy and excitement we should have for the Christ child being born into this world. Herod allowed power to overshadow the birth of Jesus by making How COVID has affected us
E-News Article - Kalkaska Church of Christ

Discipleship You Don’t Have to Travel For

On Sunday, November 8th we started a new series called, “A Divine Dining Experience.”  In this series, we are looking at four meals Jesus had with people and the teaching He gave during those meals.  The overriding theme of the series is that Discipleship starts at home and the challenge for the month was to have a sit-down meal every day with your family and ask three questions.  “What God sightings did you observe today?”  “If Jesus were here at How COVID has affected us
E-News Article - Kalkaska Church of Christ

Well Done

By Andy Bratton, Senior Minister Today I received a call from someone explaining to me that their family had tested positive for Covid and would be on “lockdown” for a couple of weeks.  I expressed to this person that if they needed anything to make sure and let me know and to not be shy.  This person went on to share that a certain person in our church went and grocery shopped for this person and their neighbor to make How COVID has affected us

The Reminder of God’s Creativity and Design

By Andy Bratton, Senior Minister Ah, the changing colors of fall.  Such beautiful colors, especially when the sun is shining on the leaves after a small rain so the colors glisten.  There are tunnels of trees you can drive through and be surrounded by the colors.  There is a chairlift ride you can take for $5 to see the leaves.  I am looking outside my window at the church and can see all kinds of colors as I type this.  How COVID has affected us
E-News Article - Kalkaska Church of Christ

Wedded Bliss

By Andy Bratton, Senior Minister Today is my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary.  I have been around for almost 52 of them.  Whenever I say “marriage,” I can’t help but remember the Princess Bride movie and the famous scene of the king and princess Buttercup getting married against her will.  And just when the formal service is beginning we hear the minister say, “Mawwige.  Mawwige is what bwings us together today.”  And later he says, “Wuv, twoo Wuv.” I looked up How COVID has affected us